Nerida M. Ellis

nerida ellis
Asheville – Nerida M. “Rita” Ellis, 82, of Deer Run Drive, died Monday, May 29, 2006 at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. A native of New York City, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Jennie V. Medinas. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Victor A. Medinas. Mrs. Ellis was a self employed accountant for over 27 years and dearly loved her clients. She was a Red Cross volunteer, serving as an interpreter, a member of the national Association of Tax Practitioners and an associate member of the Sisters of Mercy. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church. Mrs. Ellis is survived by her husband, E.J. Ellis; four daughters, Sandy Anderson, and her husband Bill, of Asheville, Susan Ellis of the home, Claudia Hart, and her husband Joe, of Greenville, SC and Nora Knerr, and her husband Louis, of Spartanburg, SC. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Jason Hart, Jennifer Critchett, Billy Anderson, Mike Anderson, Louis Knerr, III, Andrew Knerr and Wyatt Knerr; one great granddaughter, Hailey Knerr and one sister, Nora Aviles of San Leandro, Calif. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday at Calvary Episcopal Church conducted by the Rev. Victor Mansfield. Interment will be in the Calvary Churchyard. The family will receive friends in the Old Well Hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John F. Keever Hospice Center, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. We send our sincere sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You,
    Max and Janice

  2. I will always warmly remember your Mom’s fantastic (and contagious) laugh. Her zest for life was wonderful. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

  3. Dear Nora, Sandy, Susie and Claudia,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know very well what a difficult time this is.

  4. Claudia … I was so sorry to hear about your mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


  5. Claudia and family: Please accept my condolences in the death of your Mother. Also, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Claudia and family, I am so sorry about your mom. I will remember always her happy face and loving personality.

    Gloria & Glen

  7. Claudia, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Let God be your strength during this time of sorrow.

  8. To the entire Ellis family,

    We are sending you our deepest sympathy and prayers. I’m sure that your mother was comforted by the love and care her family was able to give her during this time. Our love to all of you.

    With love,
    Anne & Lew Meinhausen (Kelly)

  9. Dear Family of Rita Ellis –
    Skip and I are neighbors of Claudia and Joe Hart. We had the chance to meet Rita on several occasions and wanted to express our heartfelt condolences to you all for your loss. She was always such a happy and energetic person — always smiling like she didn’t have a care in the world. That’s how we’ll remember her. Sincerely, Skip and Patty Springer

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful person and she will be with you always in spirit.

  11. May all your family find strength and comfort in the prayers and thoughts of heartfelt sympathy that are there with you today. Sincerest sympathy for the loss of your beloved mother. May she rest in peace.
    Love, Gene Kelly

  12. Our thoughts are with you as they are every day. She had a good life and I’m glad I was able to see her this past year.

    She will be missed

    Kay and Butch Compton

  13. Claudia and family: You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness. Allow God to be your strength in this time of sorrow. He never fails.

  14. To the Ellis girls and their families, I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She is a large part of my memories of Asheville. She was a strong and very special woman. I understand what you most be going through right now and only hope that time reduces your saddness.

  15. I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the entire Ellis family. I was so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such an energetic and positive person-I will miss her. My prayers are with you.
    Julie Massengill

  16. I still hear the her laugh in my head. My heart feels broken for I will not hear it again for awhile now. There are those in life we meet that know how to bring a smile to others Nerida was one of those rare persons who had that ability.
    Her spirit lives in all of us and I fell blessed to have had such a wonderful aunt. Until we laugh together again Goodby aunt Nerida I loved you . You take that love with you even now.

  17. So sorry to hear and sorry we missed being at the services.
    She was a sweet, kind lady, wonderful babysitter, and knew how to take care of her clients very well.
    She will be greatly missed.

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